Bowel Cancer Screening and Surveillance

Colorectal (bowel) cancer is the 3rd most common cancer in the UK and the 2nd most common cause of cancer related death - 16,000 people die from bowel cancer each year.

The new National Bowel Cancer Screening Programme in England begins in 2006 and recommends colonoscopy as the procedure of choice for examination of the colon in patients with a positive faecal occult blood test (FOBT).

Colonoscopy can detect cancer at an early stage improving the chance of long term survival. As most bowel cancer is believed to arise from polyps, colonoscopy can prevent cancer by removing polyps when these are found.

Colonoscopy is also recommended for the surveillance of patients at increased risk of bowel cancer. This may be because of a family history, genetic predisposition, inflammatory bowel disease, prior colonic polyps or previous cancer. Special techniques can be applied during colonoscopy to improve detection of any changes that may occur before cancer develops.

The Physicians' Clinic

W1G 7AE
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The London Clinic

W1G 6BW
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The Wolfson Unit for Endoscopy

HA1 3UJ
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The Harley Street Clinic

W1G 8BJ
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The Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth

NW8 9NH
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The Princess Grace Hospital

W1U 5NY
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